A very important step in the professional development of an English teacher, even for one with many years of experience, is the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) – the most widely accepted TESOL certificate in the world, accepted by prestigious institutions around the world.
In 2019, the Technical University of Moldova has registered a Cambridge CELTA certificate, which gives the holder the opportunity to teach English anywhere in the world. This was obtained by the head of the Department of Foreign Languages, associate professor, Dr. Svetlana CATERENCIUC, after successfully completing the intensive CELTA Cambridge Advanced Training course at International House Bucharest, accredited by the Cambridge Language Assessment at the University of Cambridge as a CELTA training and examination center.
Since attaining such a degree of professional development is an example worth following, in 2019, 14 UTM teachers registered at Cambridge courses, 12 of them succeeding in studying 1 module, and the other 2 – 3 modules each.
Launched a few years ago, the initiative of rector Viorel BOSTAN to train the teaching staff in the English language was successfully implemented at UTM, registering remarkable results in 2019. The three generations with 75 graduates of the courses of study of English are an eloquent proof of the fact that, unquestionably, the knowledge of the English language opens up new opportunities in the professional career of the university teachers. These include the possibility of teaching specialized courses in English, including for the students coming to UTM through academic mobility programs, attending international conferences with presentations/communications in English, concluding bilateral cooperation agreements with EU universities on implementation of common scientific-didactic projects, but also possibilities of academic mobility and improvement-teaching.
At the same time, the teachers of the Department of Foreign Languages encourage students to also take courses to prepare and take the Cambridge and TOEFL exams, informing them that the Cambridge certificates offer international recognition of the level of English language proficiency, replacing almost all the language exams (Baccalaureate, admission to Master or Doctorate) and representing a great advantage in obtaining a job or a scholarship.
Furthermore, UTM tends to strengthen its practice of teaching courses in foreign languages by attracting international teachers. Thus, three professors from Romania, who taught at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, responded to the invitation. In the teaching process of the Master’s cycle, there were 2 professors recruited, from Romania and the United Kingdom, at the Faculty of Computers, Informatics and Microelectronics; 4 professors from Romania – at the Faculty of Power and Electrical Engineering and 1 professor from Malta – at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning. Other 63 teachers from European universities taught at least 8 hours within the Erasmus+ K1 and CEEPUS mobilities.